House Votes to Kill Privacy Rules Binding ISPs


The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Congressional Review Act, undoing privacy restrictions imposed on Internet service providers during the Obama administration. The Senate passed the CRA last week in a 50-48 vote along party lines. The White House has expressed support for the CRA. “This is one time I believe the White House,” remarked John Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog. Privacy advocates have fought against the CRA, warning of its dire consequences, but ISPs and businesses support it.

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Supreme Court Grants Federal Agents Broader Surveillance Authority


The U.S. Supreme Court last week approved a series of amendments to the federal rules of criminal procedure that would let judges issue search warrants for computers located outside their jurisdiction. Chief Justice John Roberts announced the changes in the Court’s interpretation of the rules. They would allow a judge to issue warrants to search remote sites where the exact location of a suspect was not known, but where the suspect might be hiding evidence electronically, for example.

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FCC greenlights further testing of LTE-U by Verizon & Qualcomm

Article Image The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

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San Jose signs off on massive new Apple development, company's plans still nebulous

Article Image The San Jose city council has reportedly approved a development agreement allowing Apple to build up to 4.15 million square feet of space in the north of the city, even though the company itself hasn’t yet decided what its interests are.

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Seattle Lets Ride-Sharing Drivers Unionize


The Seattle City Council this week approved an ordinance that will allow drivers for Uber and Lyft to form unions, becoming the first U.S. city to pass such legislation. The City Council voted 9-0 in favor of the ordinance, which doesn’t require the mayor’s signature to pass. Drivers for Uber and other ride-sharing networks are classified as independent contractors, like taxi drivers, though there has been a push to change the classification to employees.

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Keeping Up the Fight for Net Neutrality

In February the Federal Communications Commission approved historic rules to uphold net neutrality—the principle that your Internet service provider should let you access the web sites and apps y…

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Judge approves $50 million settlement from Sprint for phone bill cramming

A U.S. judge has approved a $50 million settlement by Sprint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, part of a still broader settlement over allegations it billed customers for services they never wanted.

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Charter, TWC Approval May Not Be Enough to Revitalize Cable


Will the Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable merger be approved? Comcast and Time Warner Cable decided to merge last year, but that deal eventually was blocked by regulators. After it fell apart last month, we all wondered what big deal might be next. Now we know. So will the Charter, TWC deal be approved? It’s way too early in the process to know for sure one way or the other. However, based on what we know so far, I believe this deal is very likely to meet regulators’ approval. In fact it could happen pretty quickly.

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House Passes Cybersecurity Bills Despite Privacy Fears


Two cybersecurity bills approved this week by the U.S. House of Representatives pose a threat to citizens’ privacy, according to opponents of the measures. Both bills, H.R. 1560 and H.R. 1731, aim to improve sharing of cybersecurity information between businesses and government agencies. “‘Information sharing’ is a misnomer,” said Gabriel Rottman, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “Really, what we’re talking about is creating new exceptions to existing privacy law,” he said.

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China removes Apple, other US tech companies from approved government purchase lists

China has blacklisted Apple and a number of other big name U.S. technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, leaving local companies to fill the resulting void, according to a report published on Wednesday.



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Thailand government official claims Apple has received approval to sell 'iPhone 6'

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission has approved two new Apple handsets — said to be variants of the so-called “iPhone 6″ — for sale in the country, the regulator’s secretary general revealed on Wendesday, suggesting that Thailand could join the list of launch countries for the next-generation devices.



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National Federation of the Blind pushes Apple to add accessibility requirements for apps

Members of the National Federation of the Blind have approved a resolution that will have the advocacy group, which successfully sued Apple over iTunes in 2008, begin a new campaign designed to convince the iPhone maker to consider accessibility when approving apps for sale in the App Store.



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Barnes & Noble Gives Its Nook the Hook


Barnes & Noble finally bit the bullet. The company on Wednesday announced its board of directors had approved a proposal to spin off its Nook e-reader business into a publicly traded company. Both its print and e-book divisions have been struggling financially for several quarters; it has become conventional wisdom that one way B&N could right its ship might be to spin off its Nook product line or sell it to a private company. The spinoff will take effect by the end of Barnes & Noble’s first fiscal quarter of 2015.

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FCC OKs Controversial Net Rules, Screaming Period Begins


The FCC on Thursday approved by voice vote proposed rules governing neutrality on the Internet. Following a public comment period and review of those comments by the commission, the agency will finalize the rules, possibly as soon as the end of this year. “Today marks the starting line for a new conversation, not the finish line, and Chairman Wheeler seems to be asking the right questions,” said Nuala O’Connor, CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Everyone who values the Internet now has the opportunity to speak up and be heard.”

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FDA approves the Deka arm, the first commercial mind-controlled prosthetic arm

The Deka Arm
The FDA has officially approved the first multi-input myoelectric artificial limb. The new Deka Arm System is designed to better replicate the full range of human function and was developed in conjunction with DARPA.

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